CTIA 2012: How's Your Network Hanging?

7:15 AM -- International CTIA Wireless -- This week in New Orleans might help to pinpoint how many extra people it takes in a city to push a wireless network over the edge.

I asked all of the Light Reading crew for their initial impressions of how various carrier networks were holding up with an extra 40,000 people -- give or take -- arriving in New Orleans. People on AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), T-Mobile US Inc. and Verizon Wireless all reported decent-to-good data and voice connections with no dropped calls or non-existent bars.

I don't have enough data on AT&T's or Verizon's 4G LTE networks yet to say how they are performing for sure. Oh yeah, and the Wi-Fi "sucks," according to our chief editor of events, Carol Wilson.

Now, as it happens, I was actually in N'Awlins at the end of April for the first weekend of Jazz Fest with friends. We had a good selection of smartphones and carriers on hand -- all of the big four in the U.S., including Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) -- were represented. All of us found we dropped calls, had difficulty getting online and saw delays in receiving texts all around New Orleans, not just at the massive outdoor festival venue.

So what's the difference between CTIA and Jazz Fest? Sheer scale seems to be a good part of it. The festival attracts 400,000 visitors in total with tens of thousands at the fairgrounds each day.

Let me know how your cellular experience is going at CTIA on the message board below.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:33:37 PM
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